Tuition, Fees, and Discounts
We offer a few discounts for graduate students. For example, a 10 percent tuition discount for many of our campus-based graduate programs. You may be eligible if you are a Lesley alum, a senior (age 55+), a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, or a City of Cambridge employee. Or, get a 25 percent discount if you are affiliated with City Year. Learn more about our graduate tuition discounts.
Discounts do not apply to credit rates that have been reduced in response to COVID-19.
Tuition rates and fees vary by program and are effective as of June 1 each year. The displayed rates are applicable upon admission to a degree-granting program. Rates are subject to change.
Certificate Programs and Non-Degree Course Tuition
Certificate Programs and Non-Degree Courses 2020–2021 2021–2022 Arts in Health (On campus) $1,050/credit $1,050/credit Counseling Psychology (On campus) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit Education (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit Education (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit Education (Online) $650/credit $650/credit Expressive Therapies (On campus) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit Intercultural Relations $1,050/credit $1,050/credit Mindfulness (Low residency) $1,050/credit $1,050/credit Reading Specialist CAGS (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit
Master’s Degree & License-Only Programs Tuition
Counseling/Psychology Programs 2020–2021 2021–2022 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (On campus) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit Counseling Psychology (On campus) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit Expressive Therapies (On-campus & Low-residency) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit Education Programs 2020–2021 2021–2022 M.Ed. with Initial License Programs M.Ed. with Initial License (On campus) (includes Reading Specialist program that leads to 2nd initial license) $850/credit $850/credit M.Ed. with Initial License (Off-campus or Online courses) (includes Reading Specialist program that leads to 2nd initial license) $650/credit $650/credit M.Ed. with Initial License (Teacher Residency) (Lesley courses) $850/credit $850/credit M.Ed. Early Childhood with ESL Preparation in Somerville (Teacher Residency) (Somerville courses) $300/credit $300/credit M.Ed. Elementary Education with ESL Preparation (Teacher Residency) (School-based courses) $300/credit $300/credit M.Ed. with Initial License (Teacher Residency) (Collaborative school-based courses) Varies by school Varies by school M.Ed. with Professional or Non-License Programs M.Ed. Professional license or Non-license (On campus) $975/credit $975/credit M.Ed. Professional license or Non-license (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit M.Ed. Professional license or Non-license (Online) $650/credit $650/credit License-Only Education Programs License-Only (On campus) $850/credit $850/credit License-Only (Off campus) $650/credit $650/credit School Counseling Programs MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: School & Community Counseling (On campus) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit MA in Counseling Psychology: School Counseling Specialization (On campus) $1,190/credit $1,190/credit Other Programs 2020–2021 2021–2022 International Higher Education (On campus) $1,050/credit $1,050/credit Management Program (Online) $650/credit $650/credit Master of Social Work (MSW) (On Campus) $1,050/credit $1,050/credit Mindfulness Studies Programs (Low residency) $1,050/credit $1,050/credit MFA Programs Creative Writing MFA (Low residency) $875/credit $875/credit Photography MFA (On campus) $1,050/credit $1,050/credit Visual Arts MFA (Low residency) $1,050/credit* $1,050/credit* *Students who entered the MFA in Visual Arts program prior to June 2015 are grandfathered into the rate they had when they started the program.
Review our Glossary of Fees for an explanation of the various fees and what they cover.
Graduate Fees 2020–2021 2021–2022 Activity Fee For on-campus programs. $30/Fall & Spring $30/Fall & Spring Affiliation Fee For specific education courses. $850 (one-time fee) $850 (one-time fee) Assessment Fees For specific education courses. Education Programs: Reading $35/course $35/course Education Programs: Special Education $100/course $100/course Copyright Fee (Center for Reading Recovery programs) $50/course $50/course Degree Completion Fee $75 $75 Field Experience Fees (For graduate programs with an internship or practicum.) Counseling/Psychology $545/semester of internship $545/semester of internship Expressive Therapies $545/semester of internship $545/semester of internship Education $650/practicum $650/practicum MAP E-Portfolio Fee (For education master's and license-only programs) $150 (one-time fee) $150 (one-time fee) MAP Tevera Fee - Mental Health Field Placement, Licensure/Credentialing & Assessment Management Software Subscription Fee (for Expressive Therapies, Counseling & Psychology, and Social Work master's degree programs) $195 (one-time fee) $195 (one-time fee) Materials Fees (estimates) Arts in Health $30/course $30/course Counseling Psychology CAGS $210 (one-time fee) $210 (one-time fee) Counseling Psychology Master’s and Grad Certificates $30/course $30/course Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s $240 (one-time fee) $240 (one-time fee) Education (On & off campus) $10/course $10/course Expressive Therapies Certificate $30/course $30/course Expressive Therapies Master’s (On campus & low residency) $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee) International Higher Education $15/course $15/course Mindfulness Studies $15/course $15/course Practicum Fees $35/internship $35/internship Registration Fees $40/semester
Residency Fees Some low-residency programs charge this fee. Creative Writing MFA $500/residency $500/residency Mindfulness Studies (Master’s & Certificate) $350/residency $350/residency Visual Arts MFA (residency fee) $350/residency $350/residency Visual Arts MFA (culminating fee) Charged in your last residency. $350 (one-time fee) $350 (one-time fee) Technology Fee $30/online course $30/online course
Student Health Insurance (Graduate)
You'll be billed for student health insurance if you're half- or full-time in an on-campus graduate program, unless you opt out. Low-residency students are not eligible for the Student Health Insurance plan.
Learn more about Student Health Insurance.
Student Health Insurance (Graduate) 2020–2021 2021–2022 Annual Rate $8,155 TBA Spring-Only Rate $4,772 TBA
Tuition Insurance (optional)
What happens when your education is disrupted by an unexpected injury or illness? Depending on the timing of the withdrawal, you may not be eligible to receive a refund of all your tuition and fees.
The Tuition Insurance Protection Plan helps students and their families overcome the financial losses that may result from events that force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason. Helping families get the most out of your Lesley University experience is always our top priority. That's why we've partnered with GradGuard to make the Tuition Insurance Protection Plan available to our families.
This coverage strengthens and broadens the scope of our existing refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, housing, and other payments if a student withdraws for any covered medical reason at any time during the semester.
Please remember the deadline to enroll is the day before classes begin each semester.
Learn more at GradGuard.com/Tuition/Lesley or call 1.866.724.4384.
Lesley University is not compensated for this program and provides the Tuition Insurance Protection Plan as a valuable student benefit. The enrollment date is based on the academic calendar. If you are not a traditional semester-based student, sign-up dates may vary. Enrollment must be before the first day of class for your program of study.
Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. Plans only available to U.S. residents. GradGuard is a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC, the licensed agent for all insurance programs. Insurance benefits are underwritten by Jefferson Insurance Company (NY; Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series. Plan(s) may not be available in all jurisdictions. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Tuition Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance.
*For our returning students, please note that this plan is offered through a different carrier and does not have the same opt-in/opt-out process. Please refer to the Student Account Center, Lesley.afford.com, for further enrollment details.
*Tuition Insurance is available to International Students as long as they use their US or college residence address when enrolling in the program. The insurance is not offered to those with addresses outside of the country. However, because the student will reside at the college during their education, they have a US residence.
Late Fees & Penalties
2020-2021 2021-2022 Late Registration Fee $100/semester $100/semester Late Payment Fee $100/month $100/month Declined Payment Fee $50 $50 Replacement Check Fee $20 $20
For most of our graduate programs where delivery modalities have been changed, we are reducing those per-credit rates for the Spring 2021 Semester. And many fees associated with a physical presence on campus will be reduced or eliminated.
Spring 2021 Tuition Rates: Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences Programs
Program Spring 2021 Discounted Tuition Rate Counseling Psychology, MA (On campus) $900/credit Counseling Psychology, PhD (Low residency) $980/credit Expressive Therapies, MA (On campus & Low-residency) $900/credit International Higher Education, MA (On campus) $790/credit
Spring 2021 Tuition Rates: Graduate School of Education Licensure Programs
Program Spring 2021 Discounted Tuition Rate Art Education, M.Ed. $650/credit Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. $650/credit Elementary Education, M.Ed. $650/credit High School Education, M.Ed. $650/credit Middle School Education, M.Ed. $650/credit Reading Specialist, M.Ed. $650/credit Special Education, M.Ed. $650/credit TESOL, ESL, & Bilingual Education M.Ed. $650/credit Summer Compass $650/credit
Spring 2021 Tuition Rates: College of Art and Design Programs
Program Spring 2021 Discounted Tuition Rate Photography, MFA $790/credit